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Tips for Talking about Sexting with your Teen

Smartphones enable teens to connect and engage with their friends and the world. These devices can also capitalize on the impulsivity of teenagers. Add in hormones and boyfriend/girlfrend, teens may be tempted to take or share a sext. I wrote about sexting with Amy Lang, from Bird+Bees+Kids, almost 4 years ago. We collaborated on a script…

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Tips for Protecting Personal Information Online

When I started writing, KidsPrivacy focused on how to protect children’s personal information online. As technology has expanded so too has KidsPrivacy. Recently, I returned to my roots for the Digital Parent Podcast. On the Digital Parent Podcast, Sedgrid Lewis and I chatted about protecting kids’ personal information online. I have followed Sedgrid for a while and was…

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5 Steps for Creating a Healthy Media Diet

A couple of years ago, I attended a luncheon where a counselor from ReStart spoke about internet addiction. ReStart is a clinic here in Washington that specializes in treating internet addiction, video game addiction and phone over use. For a while now, I had this half-written post on internet addiction kicking around in my folder.…

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Snapchat is more than a disappearing photo app

The results from a recent survey will not surprise parents with teenagers. According to the Piper Jaffray study “Taking Stock with Teens”, Snapchat is the number one social network for teens. For the first time, Snapchat surpasses Instagram with Snapchat receiving 28% of votes and Instagram a close second with 27%. When Snapchat first launched,…

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Highlights launches Hidden Pictures App for Digital Kids

Highlights, the first magazine for kids, is 70 years old! Back in the day, we used to thumb through issues of Highlights while waiting in the doctor’s office. I remember we were always excited to find one where someone else had not already circled the hidden pictures. Waiting in a doctor’s office today, children are not sitting…

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What parents need to know about musical.ly

Last week, I updated my parenting guides and invited readers to contact me with questions about apps. The next day, I received an email from a parent about musical.ly. I immediately downloaded and played around with it. After cruising around musicaly.ly, I am not surprised parents have questions. Musical.ly profiles are public and full of young faces. If…